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The experiment

Less time in front of the computer. More time in front of magazines and books.

I'm liking it so far.


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Dec. 18th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
Dec. 18th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
My experiment was to see if, with proper attention and focus, I could clear enough paperwork off the top of my desk to actually expose some wood. Obviously I've failed and am responding to this post instead.
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
You're way ahead of me on this one.

I hope you don't see this comment for a while (since it would mean your experiment would still be going strong), but what are you reading these days?
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Hi, Tim. So far I've been digging through my pile of backlogged magazines. I subscribe to The Atlantic, Harper's, Esquire, American Journalism Review and a creative writing magazine, The Sun. I'm probably going to renew my subscription to Mother Jones too; I let it lapse.

Today I finished a book by Anne Lamott called Bird by Bird, with the subtitle Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Yeah, I'm a geek—I read books about writing. Next on deck is finishing a collection of short stories by T.C. Boyle.

Prof. McNall let me borrow her copy of the Keith Richards autobiography, which will work its way to the top of the pile before too long.

I heartily recommend you track down Charles P. Pierce's "Sports Guy," if you haven't already read it. You can get it online for almost nothing; in fact, the shipping postage will cost you more than the book. Terrific stuff.
Dec. 19th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
"Sports Guy" is on my Christmas list, actually. If Santa doesn't bring me a copy, I'll definitely find one myself.

Next on my list is a book I picked up over the Thanksgiving break. It's a Neil Young biography written by his father, Scott, who was a sportswriter in Toronto and a Hockey Hall of Fame member.
Dec. 18th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah for you! It is important to give ourselves permission to disconnect and indulge in things that enrich ourselves.

BTW - I enjoyed Bird by Bird - there is a gentle wisdom in approaching all of life bird by bird!
Dec. 19th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
I liked Bird by Bird for the most part. I found her jokes about mental illness to be a little over the top. But that didn't keep me from reading it all the way through and wishing it had been longer.
Dec. 19th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Interesting - I read that books years ago and I don't recall her joking about mental illness. That is unfortunate - she had so many other wonderful things to say. We have a long way to go in our society towards accepting mental illness.
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